Dr. David Reitter

About me

I am an Assistant Professor (tenure-track) at the College of Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State, where I co-direct the Applied Cognitive Science Lab.

Before joining Penn State, I held a post-doc position in the Department of Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University. My PhD is from the University of Edinburgh, in Cognitive Science (School of Informatics).

I have worked in research, industry R&D, and I have experience in natural language processing technology and software development. I run the Aquamacs project. Before my research career, I worked a litle as a freelance radio journalist in the German ARD network. I am a private pilot and fly airplanes and my own sailplane for fun, and have been active in the management of some great gliding clubs.

My Research Interests

I am a cognitive scientist. I study how humans process and store information, how they make decisions, and how they communicate. At the intersection of science and engineering, I adopt big-data modeling methods to inform scientific theories of cognition. At the same time, I translate insights about how people process information into optimized algorithms and models.

My main research interests are the psychology of language and decision-making. My contributions to cognitive science consist of computational models and large-scale experiments. I have produced technical applications in predicting the success of collaborations, in machine learning and multi-agent systems, as well as in HCI with the Aquamacs project.

See my full Curriculum Vitae. See a list of my publications.

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